rejects California bag ban bill
A broad coalition of Californians, including
the California State Conference of the NAACP, the California
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers and
Technology Association, and the American Chemistry Council, applauded
the California State Senate as it rejected a bill to ban plastic
bags and place a hidden tax on paper bags.
The bill, AB 1998, threatened 1,000 manufacturing
jobs for Californians, placed a hidden tax on grocery bills and
created a $4 million new state bureaucracy.
AB 1998 was opposed by a group of more than
500 small retailers, business associations, and organizations
throughout the state.
A growing number of states and cities around
the United States – including California, New York, Delaware,
Rhode Island, Chicago, New York City and Tucson – have passed
legislation to promote at-store recycling programs as a practical
and effective means to reduce waste from plastic bags and wraps.
Plastic bag makers support these approaches and are working cooperatively
with grocers and retailers in many communities to establish and
expand recycling programs.